|Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund has received Rs 210 cr so far|
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Kerala floods LIVE updates: Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund has received Rs 210 cr so far, says Thomas Isaac
Kerala rains and floods LIVE UPDATES: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan pegged the loses incurred by the state at Rs 19,512 crore so far. Over 200 people were killed in the floods and thousands have been displaced in Kerala.
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 22, 2018 3:32:08 pm
Kerala floods: Landslide-affected area near Neriyamangalam in Idukki district.
With rescue operations almost coming to an end in Kerala, the state government is now faced with the ominous task of restoring and repairing infrastructure that was destroyed in the floods and landslides. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday sought Rs 2,600 crore assistance from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation work. He also announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be contributing Rs 700 crore towards the flood relief efforts in the state. But despite the offer, the government may turn it down as India has not been accepting foreign aid money since 2004. In the past 14 years, India has refused aid from Russia, US and Japan for Uttarakhand floods in 2013, and for the Kashmir earthquake in 2005 and floods in Kashmir in 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit last week, had announced an assistance of Rs 500 crore in addition to the Rs 100 crore announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Kerala floods LIVE updates: Centre declares the floods as a calamity of 'severe nature' and scales up the relief and rescue operations in the state. Read in Malayalam
15:32 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Kerala govt orders grant to Panchayats, Municipal Corporations for cleaning efforts
14:53 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Shashi Tharoor meets UN officials, discusses relief operations in Kerala
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor held high-level briefings at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva on Aug 20-21 on Kerala floods to identify avenues through which international organisations,the UN & the Red Cross, can support relief, rehabilitation&rebuilding operations in Kerala. Read more
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Actor Jayaram handing over new Onam clothes to flood affected at a relief camp in Ernakulam district. (Express photo)
13:44 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Discussed UN visit with CM Vijayan, have passed on recommendations, says Shashi Tharoor
The Thiruvananthapuram MP said he informed CM Vijayan on the “utility of these discussions, their nature and purpose and the specific areas of priority for the Chief Minister.” He further stated that he wrote to the CM on the impressions gained from his briefings with UN agencies in Geneva and the possible course of actions for the state, if required.
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13:13 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Hit by landslides, Idukki district remains cut off for seventh day
Kerala’s Idukki district in the Western Ghats, one of the most affected regions in the unprecedented rains, remained cut off from the mainland for the seventh day with all major roads either buried or washed away in landslides. Unlike other flood-hit regions in Kerala, what led to the massive destruction in Idukki was landslides.
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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan greeted the people of Kerala on the occasion of Eid
12:20 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Vishwanathan Anand pledges to donate for Kerala flood victims
A live show conducted on the ChessBase India Youtube Channel by Nihal Sarin has India's first grandmaster and five-time World Champion Vishwanathan Anand pledging to donate Rs 15,000 which will be donated to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund for the Kerala floods. The live show will be conducted on August 22.
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Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund has received Rs 210 cr, says Thomas Isaac
Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund has so far received Rs 210 cr. This is in addition to the pledge for financial assistance of Rs 160 crores. We feel humbled by this overwhelming response and pledge to to strive to meet your expectations, said Kerala's finance minister Thomas Isaac.
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Water levels at Idukki and Idamalayar as of 6 am
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Eid-al-Adha celebrated in Kerala
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A man dries books on a sunny day after the flood in Kerala's Chalakudy at Thrissur. ( Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)
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Clear sky at Cochin as flood water begins to recede in places. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)
11:13 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Kerala floods | Hike central aid to Rs 2,000 crore: Sitaram Yechury to PM Modi
Arguing that the flood relief of Rs 500 crore announced by the Centre for Kerala was “grossly inadequate”, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday wrote to PM Narendra Modi asking the government to increase the assistance to Rs 2,000 crore and seek the help of United Nations’ aid agencies for rebuilding homes in the state.
Yechury wrote that massive resources would be required for rehabilitation of people. He demanded that “substantial funds” be released under Pradhan Mantri Awaz Yojana for building homes, deployment of personnel of NHAI and other central agencies to help rebuild communication networks and waiver of duties on medical equipment sent by organisations abroad.
10:58 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Pune division of Railways sends 4 tonnes of relief material to Thiruvanathapuram
Continuing its efforts to help flood-affected Kerala, Pune Division of the Indian Railways on Tuesday sent four tonnes of relief material, including food, clothes and medicines, to Thiruvananthapuram. Last week, the Pune division had sent a train with 29 wagons filled with drinking water to Kayamkulam in coastal part of Kerala, as the state faced severe shortage of drinking water. An empty train with 18 coaches, all general bogey, was also sent to Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. This is third such relief material sent by the division.
It may be noted here that Central Railway has already sent potable water in 14 wagons to Kerala, besides sending 27,000 kg of relief material to Kerala by different trains.
10:52 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Kochi airport operations likely to resume on August 26
The seventh largest airport in the country, in terms of passenger traffic, sees almost 55 per cent of its traffic from international passengers. Following the closure of the airport, some airlines have moved their Kochi operations to nearby airports such as Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.
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Railway minister Piyush Goyal appeals to employees to donate their one-day salary
Kerala is likely to get around Rs 200 crore from Railways after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday appealed to the national transporter’s 13 lakh employees across 16 zones to voluntarily donate a day’s salary for the cause.
10:36 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Pitching in for flood relief in Kerala
Mizoram offered Rs 2 crore aid for Kerala. While J&K Bank staffers will be contributing Rs 11 crore to the Kerala relief fund. BJP MPs, MLAs and MLCs from Jammu and Kashmir will donate a month’s salary, J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina said. As many as 500 full-time party workers will also work as volunteers in flood-affected areas of Kerala.
10:30 (IST)22 AUG 2018
MoS Tourism Alphons KJ tweets from relief camp in Kerala
10:27 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Five out of 6 people from Kerala are living in Middle East, mostly in UAE
“There are around 3.8 million Keralites working in the Middle East, of whom 70-80% are in Saudi Arabia and the UAE together,” said Harikrishnan Namboothiripad, CEO of Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs (NORKA), a state government department.
On the other hand, the 2016 Kerala Migration Survey puts the number of migrant workers from Kerala at 2.2 million, 90% of them in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. This is down from 2.4 million migrants in the 2014 survey, conducted by the Centre for Development Studies (CDS). Another CDS survey found that Keralites abroad sent home Rs 71,000 crore in 2014; and these reached 16.6% — 1 of every 6 — of all households in the state.
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10:11 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Snake warning issued in Thiruvananthapuram
As flood-hit people started returning from relief camps, many reported the presence of poisonous snakes at their houses. These are believed to have come from forests. In Ernakulam district, where more than 1 lakh people returned home on Tuesday, a private hospital said it had attended to several cases of snake bite since the flood.
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Kerala weather: What to expect
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After floods, Kerala’s GDP likely to be hit by up to 1%
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Over 10.78 lakh people, women and children below 12 years of age, are being taken care of in as many as 3,200 relief camps. A couple being rescued via boat by locals near Aluva. (Express photo)
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Hundreds of schools, colleges, marriage halls and auditoriums that turned into temporary settlement camps for those escaping the floods. A photo from the camp in Kanjoor in Ernakulam district where food is being served. (Express photo)
08:55 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Short of materials, road repair a challenge in Kerala
As flood-hit Kerala struggles to restore its civic infrastructure, the reconstruction of the damaged road network poses a major challenge. The state faces the task of rebuilding 10,000 km of damaged roads under the state public works department even as it faces an acute shortage of raw materials. The state will also have to support construction of at least 1 lakh houses damaged in the flood, further increasing the appetite for stone mining.
The unexpected need for huge mining comes at a time the state’s booming construction sector has been under strain since June, after the government ordered closure of stone quarrying units in ecologically fragile, landslide-prone areas in the Western Ghats.
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08:50 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Fever, depression ail people at shelter camps: doctors’ team from Kerala
The team of doctors, from J J Hospital in Mumbai and B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital in Pune, have been visiting various villages and tehsil areas where relief and shelter camps have been put up to conduct basic health and medical check-ups. Fever, headache and skin infections were among the immediate problems the team of 90 doctors had found among those hit by the deluge.
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08:45 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Kerala floods: Before help came, Malayalees forgot differences to help each other
During floods, the villagers who probably didn't even know each other's names, stuck their necks out for each other, showing remarkable courage in the face of adversity. People went from house-to-house, whistling and shouting, knocking on doors in the dead of night to tell their neighbours, friends and family that it was not safe to remain at home.
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08:39 (IST)22 AUG 2018
PM Modi and Cabinet have collectively announced interim assistance of Rs 680 crore for Kerala
Kerala has sought a special package of Rs 2,600 crore from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet have collectively announced interim assistance of Rs 680 crore for the state so far.
According to the CM Vijayan, the cabinet decided to seek sanction from the GST Council to levy 10 per cent cess. The state would also ask the central government to increase the cap on the state’s market borrowing. At present, the debt cap of the state is three per cent of its GDP. If this is increased to 4.5 per cent, the state can borrow an additional Rs 10,500 crore from the market, Vijayan said.
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08:18 (IST)22 AUG 2018
Welcome to our Kerala floods LIVE blog. Follow this space for the latest updates.
Over 200 people have reportedly been killed in the floods and thousands have been displaced in Kerala. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has pegged the loses incurred by the state at Rs 19,512 crore so far. A special assembly session will be held on August 30 to discuss relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, Vijayan said. India will have to turn down UAE's offer for the flood relief contribution of Rs 700 crore due to a policy made in 2014.
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A couple being rescued via boat by locals near Aluva
Kerala floods: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had pegged the loses incurred by the state at Rs 19,512 crore so far. Over 200 people were killed since August 8 in the floods and thousands have been displaced in Kerala. Over 10.78 lakh people, including 2.12 lakh women and 1 lakh children below 12 years of age, are taking shelter in 3,200 relief camps. A special assembly session will be held on August 30 to discuss relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
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